How to Use a Ruffler Attachment on a Singer Sewing Machine

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How to Use a Ruffler Attachment on a Singer Sewing Machine
Transform fabric into ruffles with the help of a Singer ruffler attachment. (summer silks 5 image by Barbara Carlile from

The ruffler attachment for the Singer Sewing Machine is a swappable presser foot part available on some models that can be installed into a sewing machine to produce pleats and ruffles for home decor and clothing projects. Using the ruffler attachment saves time by mechanising and speeding up the process of ruffling. It also offers options for making loose or tight ruffles. Simply adjust the settings on the ruffler, feed the fabric you wish to ruffle into the presser foot and then sew.

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Things you need

  • Singer sewing machine
  • Singer ruffler attachment
  • Fabric
  • Fabric strips

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the pressure foot shaft of your Singer sewing machine and thread the machine before attaching the ruffler. Secure the ruffler to the shank, making sure the ruffle regulator points to the front. Follow the illustrated instructions that come with the ruffler attachment.

  2. 2

    Determine the pleat spacing by one of two ways: adjust the ruffle regulator to pleat after a given number of stitches (either 1, 6 or 12 stitches), or follow Step 3 below.

  3. 3

    Vary the stitch length from 2 to 4mm to obtain a closer or wider pleat. Shorter stitches, as is appropriate for finer fabrics, will produce closer pleats, whereas longer stitches will yield wider pleats.

  1. 1

    Test a fabric strip before starting to ruffle in earnest. Cut a fabric strip about 30cm long, set your ruffle regulator to the desired setting and then sew. Measure the finished ruffle and calculate how much total length of fabric you will need for your project.

  2. 2

    Cut the fabric strip for your project to the calculated length. In general, the strip should be about three times the length of the piece of fabric to which it will be sewn. When cutting the width of the fabric strip, include a seam allowance of about 0.7 to 1.0cm on each side.

  3. 3

    Do not finish fine or soft fabrics, as it is enough to simply double the width of the fabric and fold it in half. Stitch along the open edges to ensure a smoother pleat.

  1. 1

    Make loose pleats to start out with by setting the ruffle regulator to 1 and the stitch length to 2.5mm as a straight stitch. Find the two black fabric guides on the ruffler. Raise the foot and place the fabric exactly between the two guides, making sure the fabric strip appears to the left.

  2. 2

    Lower the foot to start sewing. The upper guide will move the fabric to the back so that the pleats are folded at the same time.

  3. 3

    Feed the foot evenly with fabric, going slow to facilitate feeding.

  4. 4

    Create the ruffle and simultaneously attach it to a piece of fabric in one step, if desired. Just place the fabric to be attached under the ruffler. Position the fabric strip to be ruffled between the guides as before. Proceed to sew, and both ruffling and attaching will occur at once.

Tips and warnings

  • For fabrics that need to be finished, finish the seam edges of the fabric before pleating. This will be much easier than finishing after the fabric has been ruffled.

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